With just 48 days to go the General Election the Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has visited the marginal Hammersmith constituency to promote Labour’s message.
There has also been a glossy brochure sent to every household attacking the Government’s “austerity cuts” and praising Labour policy. It offered the confused messages that Government’s cuts had caused devastation – and that the Labour Council had managed to absorb without reducing services.
None of that is surprising given that the closely fought election is so close.
What is a scandal is that rather than paying for their own propaganda the Labour Party are using Council Taxpayers money to do so. Council resources are funding Labour’s campaign. This is in flagrant regard of the Local Authority Publicity Code which prohibits this abuse.
The District Auditor Andrew Sayers tells me that he is reviewing “the processes that the Council has in place for adhering to the Local Authority Publicity Code”. But Labour cynically calculate that any enforcement will take place after Polling Day.
Needless to say the Labour propaganda being sent out by the Council – and trumpted by Miss Cooper – is not only partisan but dishonest.
For instance it claims “Across London, police numbers have fallen by 2,000 since 2010”.The number of police officers is 36,100. In 2010 it was 35,882. Labour produced their figures by excluding Special Constables. But even though they are unpaid Special Constables are real police officers. They have the power to arrest people. They wear a uniform. They are out on patrol on Saturday nights maintaining order and keeping us safe.
Without irony the glossy council magazine boasted of having scrapped spending money on glossy council magazines.
Labour’s attempt to rig this election by using Council Taxpayers money to boost their campaign is a complete disgrace.